Inktense Pencil Fun

On Monday and Tuesday, a bunch of us met at Essem Textiles to play and explore Inktense Pencils. If you’ve never used Inktense – it’s worth giving it a try. They are like pencil crayons with water soluble ink in them. You can colour on fabric and use water, aloe vera or a textile medium to bring out the vibrant colours.

Below is what I worked on. It’s a free drawing from Helen Godden and is the Christmas 2019 project. My plan is to finish “painting” it and then follow Helen’s Youtube videos for the zen-doodling quilting.

While we were at Essem, a bunch of ladies from the Chilliwack guild stopped in the store. You’ve seen a lot of their SAHRR center blocks HERE … and it was fun to meet them in person!

Stitching Stuff

Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

  • January 1-16 – 16 / 16
  • Total: 16 / 16
  • Percentage =100% 

Stash Report

Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash.

This meme is still true! No fabric has been bought … at least not yet! No change in what I’ve used!

  • Fabric Used this week      0   yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        1.5 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      0 yards 
  • Net Fabric used                  1.5 yards 

To Do

Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is now hosting “To Do” every week.

The To Do list last week:

  1. SAHRR: Finish Round 2 & work on Round 3 √   DONE
  2. Work on Polar Bear Plunge: get the top done √   DONE
  3. Work on Tickled Pink √   DONE
  4. Work on Island Batik January Project √   DONE
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! √   DONE
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE

This week’s list:

  1. Finish Round 3 & start Round 4 of SAHRR
  2. Sandwich and Quilt Polar Bear Plunge
  3. Work on Tickled Pink
  4. Finish Island Batik January Project
  5. Finish Macaron Mystery – January clue
  6. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  7. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

Design Wall

There are a few things on my Design Wall and there is a couple of things I can show you …

#1 SAHRR is in progress … You can read about it HERE.

But I can show you my center block with Round 1 added.

#2 Polar Bear Plunge: This is for a blog hop in January … it should be fun! Of course, I can’t show you until the blog hop!

#3 Tickled Pink: This is for a blog hop in February … and again, I can’t show you until then!

#4 … Macaron Mystery Quilt

I’ve got some of January’s clue done … still have more to do …


Island Batik, January challenge is being quilted.

One New Start … no finishes. I did pull the fabrics for the February Island Batik challenge – does that count as a new start? And I started the Christmas wall hanging.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    

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17 thoughts on “Inktense Pencil Fun

  1. Gail your Inktense projects look like fun. Love your list and can’t wait to see your January and February projects. I think I need to “borrow” your fabric meme since I haven’t bought any either. I’m working on my second round of SAHRR and have my Polar Bear Project 2 on the longarm now 😉

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  2. Pretty! I’ve been wanting to try Inktense pencils but have not yet splurged on them. I also will have to look into technique, I have no idea what you mean by the aloe vera gel? I love the projects I’ve seen using these pencils, including by you and by Sally.

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    • Oh Emily, I’m sure that you will enjoy it! Aloe vera gel is available at the drugstore, or some dollar stores. It is typically used for sunburns. Sally certainly does amazing work. Me? I just copy what someone else has done. In this case, it’s Helen Godden. 🙂


  3. When I learned to paint fabric with Inktense pencils, I did a video on it. I prefer the aloe vera gel. I hope you are remembering to heat set any of these you do that may be washed later.

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    • Hi Gene,
      This is my first time using aloe vera … the other times I used water, which tends to bleed a LOT! I tried searching for your video (on youtube) and couldn’t find it? Thanks for the reminder to heat set!!! 🙂


  4. Thank you for sharing your lovely projects. Those inktense materials sound interesting. Did you also use a burnisher and/or a blender on the fabric? I’m trying to order a small set to try and am wondering what basics I might need for using them on fabric. Thanks.

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    • Hi Elana,
      I use a method taught by Helen Godden. You use UNwashed fabric and trace the designs with sharpie pens. A friend of mine uses Washed fabric and traces the designs with a disappearing pen. For my project (and check out Helen Godden’s website and you-tube videos) I used a solid white batik (UNwashed), a black, yellow, red and green sharpie. I coloured with Inktense pencils and I started applying aloe-vera gel with a pencil. I will be quilting it with black, yellow, red and green thread. Hope this helps! Have fun!


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